Eric Mika scored a career-high 31 points to lead BYU basketball to an 85-75 home win over San Francisco on Thursday night.
Mika poured in 23 in the second half on 9 of 11 shooting, capping the Cougars’ victory on a dunk with 20 seconds left.
The sophomore center also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds in the win, which moved BYU to 13-5 overall and 4-1 in the West Coast Conference. The performance was Mika’s 10th double-double of the season.
Mika picked up where Nick Emery left off. The left-handed guard scored 18 points in the first half, including 3 of 4 from the 3-point line, to help BYU to a 38-32 halftime lead. Emery finished with 22 points.
BYU never trailed in the win and led nearly from the tip. The Dons tied the game 7-7 early but fouled Emery on a 3-pointer. The sophomore converted all three free throws, sparking an 11-0 run capped when Elijah Bryant put in a layup for an 18-7 lead with 12 minutes left in the first half.
The Cougars made hay at the free-throw line, shooting 22 of 29 to USF’s 9 of 16.
Bryant added 14 points, five rebounds and three assists to round out BYU’s scoring.
Remu Raitanen led San Francisco with 16 points and six rebounds. After a promising start, the Dons are now 11-7 overall and 1-4 in the WCC.
BYU next travels to play San Diego in a game that tips at 8 p.m. MST Saturday.